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T H \- S A S S A M ( ) N 



/;/ ^^Appreciation-; 




We, the Class of 1945, wish to express our appre- 
ciation to Miss Bertha S. Randall for her thirty-four 
years of faithful service as Director of the School Lunch. 

A native of South Natick and a graduate of the 
Natick schools, she has been a kind and devoted friend 
to the faculty and students alike. 

We wish her many happy years in her retirement. 



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In Tribute^ 




We, the Class of 1945, lovingly pay tribute to our 
classmate, George Malcolm Augustine, the first of our 
class to die in the service of his country. 

Entering the United States Naval Reserve at Mem- 
phis, Tennessee on April 7, 1945, he was stricken with 
rheumatic fever a short time later and passed away on 
April 24, 1945. 



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GRADUATION PROGRAMME 



Processional, "Pomp and Chivalry" 

High School Orchestra 



National Anthem 
Invocation 

Address of Welcome 



Charles J. Roberts 
Francis Scolt Key 



Class of 1945 
Reverend Hartley T. Grandin 



June Kathleen' Brenneman 
Vice President of Class of 1945 



Piano Solo, "Les Deux Alouettes" .... 

Marie Antoinetta Cui.casi 

Essay, "This is the Land Where Hate Should Die" 

Agnes Mae Wilson 

Soprano Solo, "Je Veux Vivre" .... 

Harriet Gammon Hayes 
Ann Marie McGrath, Accompanist 

Farewell Address 

Charles Francis Murphy 
President of Honor Society 

Selection, "Your Land and My Land" . 

"] Pledge Allegiance to My Flag" . 

Trumpet Obbligato — Anthony MELCHIORRI 
Senior Chorus 

Address 

Commodore W. N. Derby, U.S.C.G. 
Presentation of Diplomas 

Harold H. Johnson 
Chairman of School Committee 



Thcodor Leschetizkx 



Charles Gounod 



Sigmurid Romberg 
"Bridges- Riegger 



Alma Mater . 



Cl KSS OF 1945 



Recessional, "Marche Aux Flambeaux" 

High School Orchestra 
John Robert Driscoll, 1946, Marshal 



Lucile Nichols, '26 
Scotson Clark 



The audience is requested to stand and join the Class of 1945 in singing the 

National Anthem. 



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WELCOME—OR tDl iTIOIS 

The youth of today is the America of tomorrow. We of the graduating class 
of 1945 are ready and willing to help make that tomorrow a better and a happier 
world. Main of our hoys who are not here tonight are in the service of their 
country, and although they were not raised to wear a uniform and fight, we are 
proud of the fine job they are doing in the far-flung battlefields of the world. 

However, most of us who leave here tonight will never don a uniform or carry a 
gun, hut we will make von proud of our willingness and ability to serve in the 
countless other ways that are needed to bring victory and the end of this war. May 

we justif) the faith you have in us. 

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THIS IS THE LAND WHERE HATE SHOULD DIE" 

"A house divided against itself cannot stand." 'These immortal words of 
Lincoln should be heeded today when our nation's unity is threatened by racial and 
religious intolerance and prejudice. Most other problems will not he solved if the 
American people are divided into mutually hostile and suspicious groups, sections 
and classes. More than that: even if solutions were possible under such condi- 
tion-,, they would hardly he worth achieving. They would he empty victories, 
utterly meaningless, if the character of our American civilization were changed in 
the process, 

We know America to he a land where men are free and in which they have 
equal opportunity, regardless of race, color, creed or place of birth. Without these 
characteristics it would not he our America, hut it would seem an alien country 
to us. 

Even though there are fifty seven varieties of God's humanity in our country 
this helps to add to America's spirit and glory for each in his own way adds to our 
daily life. 

The need for unity has never been more acute. Some hoys have been accepted 
into the armed services before they were accepted by their own neighbors. If 
Americans of all racial backgrounds are good enough to die for us, they are good 
enough to live with us. The average man should realize that this racial discrimina- 
tion is not in harmony either with the traditional American ideals of equality of 
opportunity for all men, or the Christian ideals of justice, mercy, and love. The 
present generation of American youth is faced with the task of strengthening our 
democracy against this disastrous situation. 

The result of a poll tax is to keep the poor from voting or to keep the Negroes 
from voting, or both. If you keep the poor from voting, you make a joke of |efTer- 
son. If you keep the Negroes from voting, you make a joke of Lincoln. If you 
do hoth those things you make a joke of the American idea. 

There is a tendency to forget the racial antagonisms that happen every day, 
which help to spread the alien doctrines of intolerance. They should not he for- 
gotten hut the conditions should he investigated and corrected. These episode^ of 



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violence are symptoms of pressures, emotions, and maladjustments which have 
become nation wide. The spread of intolerance is not primarily a threat to the 
intended victims, but to the whole country. If the day ever comes when tolerance 
gives way to internal enmities, persecutions and discriminations, it will be the end 
of American civilization. The inevitable cycle of organized intolerance is that it 
destroys the individual, the family, the community, then the state. In contrast, 
tolerance is constructive. It creates, builds, unifies. Tt gives strength and nobility 
to the individual, the family, the community, the state. The fight against intoler- 
ance is not merely our duty as decent, human beings, but it is the keystone of our 
survival as free individuals and as a prosperous nation. The ideal human relation- 
ship is that of cooperation rather than conflict. 

It has been a long time since early Americans startled the world by proclaim- 
ing that all men were created equal, that they were endowed by their Creator, with 
certain inalienable Rights, that among these were Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of 
Happiness. Now that the war has created a fresh danger to our way of living, we 
must follow these principles conscientiously. There will be no victory for a demo- 
cratic way until we make them a reality to everyone living in this democracy. 

In all our dealings with other people, regardless of race, nationality or creed, 
let us practice the (.olden Rule. We should try to treat each individual whom we 
meet as we would like him to treat us. Let us not let America be destroyed now 
by discrimination and enmities. For America is : 

THE LAND WHERE HATE SHOULD DIE 

This is the land where hate should die — 
No feuds of faith, no spleen of race, 
No darkly brooding fear should try 
Beneath our flag to find a place. 
Lo ! every people here has sent 
Its sons to answer freedom's call ; 
Their lifehlock is the strong cement 
That builds and binds the nation's wall. 

This is the land where hate should die — 
Tho dear to me my faith and shrine, 
I serve my country well when I 
Respect beliefs that arc not mine. 
He little loves his land who'd cast 
Upon his neighbor's word a doubt. 
Of cite the wrongs of ages past 
Prom present rights to bar him out. 

This is the land where hate should die — 
This is the land where strife should cease, 
Where foul, suspicious fear should fly 
Before our flag of light and peace. 
Then let us purge from poisoned thought 
That service to the State we give, 
And so be worthy as we ought 
Of this great Land in which we live! 

Agnes Mak Wilson. 



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FAREWELL ADDRESS 

\s we. the class oi 1945, set forth to take our rightful places in this world, 
mil thoughts irnter on the future which we face. For the past four years our 
minds have been filled with war and all its horrors. At this time we can raise our 
thoughts ti» higher levels and think of winning the peace — and what is more 
important keeping the peace. That will he the duty of our generation. We must 
prove to the world that America has the ability to lead the whole world into a bright 
new tomorrow ill which the hopes of the human heart may be achieved. We must 
prove that there can be life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness available to all 
God-fearing men regardless of race, color, and creed. 

But we a> individuals must first learn to control our own moral standards. 
The choices we make will determine the way America will succeed. It is our duty 
to bring forth and uphold the highest standards of right living, clear thinking, and 
unselfish interests. This is our national heritage. 

Mow, for the first time in five years, a graduating class can look forward to 
a bright future. The great war which has thrown our lives into chaos has reached 
its final stages. Although many of our classmates are already in the armed services 
and more of us will soon receive militar\ training, we can foresee the reconstruc- 
tion period and its tremendous opportunities. We shall take part in the greatest 
strides toward better living ever taken. During the war many great discoveries 
have been made which have provided hundreds of new fields in which to seek 
success. 

Those of us who go to college will immediately meet one of the great changes 
caused by the war — the accelerated program of the colleges. Like many other 
methods, it was adopted as a war measure but it proved so successful that it will 
probably be retained after the war. 

It is a well known fact that education is the foundation of democracy, educa- 
tion such as we receive in the Public Schools of America. The fact remains that 
if democracy is to be spread throughout the world, then the American system of 
education must precede it. 

So now we wish to express our sin<8ere appreciation to the townspeople, the 
school committee, the principals, and all the teachers of the Natick Public Schools 
lor their patience and guidance during these most important years of our lives. 
And although we derive great joy from the fact that we are entering a new phase 
of our lives, it is with sadness that we depart from our Alma Mater and the fruit- 
ful years we have spent here. 

Charles Murphy. 



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CLASS DAY PROGRAMME 

Processional, "Pomp and Chivalry" .... Charles J. Roberts 

High School Orchestra 
National Anthem ...... Francis Scott Key 

Senior Chorus 

Address of Welcome 

June Kathleen Brenneman 

Selection. "Your Land and My Land" .... Sigmund Romberg 
"1 Pledge Allegiance to My Flag" ... Bridges-Riegger 
Trumpet Obbligato — Anthony Melchiorri 
Senior Chorus 

History 

Barbara Jean Gilmork 

Soprano Solo, "When I Sing" ..... Peter Tschaikowsky 

Jean Marie RikER 
Marie Antoinetta Culcasi, Accompanist 

Class Poem 

Gladys Thompson Kinsman 

Class Song Words by Norman Pcirce Harrington 

Music by Harriet Gammon Hayes 
Class oe 1945 

Class Will 

Dorothy Elizabeth KillEen 

Piano Solo. "Improvisation and Melody" .... Arthur L. Brown 

Ann Marie McGrath 

Presentation of Class Gift 

June Kathleen Brenneman 

Awarding of National Honor Society Emblems 

Harold C. Sears, Acting Principal, Natick High School 

Presentation of Athletic Award 

Harold C. Sears, President, Natick Schoolmen's Club 

Presentation of American Legion Oratorical Medal 

Anthony J. Sweeney, Commander, Edward P. Clarke Post 107, A. L. 

Presentation of Good Citizenship Award 

Mrs. George C. Proctor, Chairman, Pilgrimage Committee, D. A. R. 

Awarding of Anna F. Goodnow Scholarship 

Mrs. Dyke L. QuackEnbush, President, Natick Woman's Club 

Alma Mater . . . . . . . . Lucile Nichols, '26 

Class oe 1945 

Recessional, "Marche Aux Flambeaux" .... Scotson Clark 
High ScHOOI, Orchestra 
John Robert Driscou,, 1946, Marshal 



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H ELCOME-CLASS DAY 

Barents, Teachers, Friends, 

Due ti» Jack Nnonan's absence — the former president of the class of 1 (, 45. 
now attending Boston College — il is my privilege to welcome you to our Class Day 
Kxercises. W e wish to express <>ui sincere appreciation for the education that yon 
have made possible for us for we realize that America is one of the few countries 
left today in which Mich an education is a reality. It is the foundation from which 
we will become the citizens and leaders of tomorrow. 

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CLASS HISTORY 

History always must have a cause — and this, the history of the class of 1945, 
begins in Septemher 1942 when the graduates of Coolidge Junior High School and 
St. Patrick's School meet in the corridors of Natick High School. Our class is the 
first class of Natick to attend High School during three years of war and we hope 
that in this year of 1945 we may see peace. 

As sophomores we had representatives in the Student Council, Glee Club and 
on the Sassamon Board. Many of the hoys took part in the various athletic activi- 
ties. We really became of some importance when, after much campaigning, we 
elected our class officers* Wallace Mathews became our President. Jean Knight, 
Vice-President, Fay Spooner, Secretary and because of a tie Loretta Kreshpane 
and V'ito Sammartano became our treasurers. 

In 1943 we started back to school full of ambition and ready for work. W e 
were Juniors now and began to realize that our school days were fast going by. 

The War Savings Stamp Committee, the Red Cross Club and First Aid classes 
were making rapid progress. Many of our fellow students had joined the armed 
forces. 

Our elections were held in November and our President was again Wallace 
Mathews, Vice-President, June Brenneman, Secretary, Fay Spooner and Treas- 
urer, Mildred Grant. 

Mickey Burke was elected Captain of the football team and Frank Arena was 
made Honorary Captain, but both boys were obliged to leave school to answer 
Uncle Sam's call. Because of their departure our football team divided the Cap- 
taincy among James Lockhart, James Hamwey, Arthur Hansen, Vito Sammartano 
and Robert Marden. Donald Robertson was elected Basketball Captain. Leo Grady, 
Hockey Captain, and Jack Noonan and Clcnford Atkinson, Baseball Captains. \\ e 
were sure they would do a good job and could hardly wait for the next year to 
come as we looked forward to a most successful season. 

Jack Noonan and Charles Murphy were chosen by the Junior Class to repre- 
sent Natick High School at Boys' State. When they returned they had many 
interesting things to tell us. 

The Junior Prom held in May proved to be a great success. Everyone had a 
wonderful time and there wasn't one person who didn't wish he or she could live 
the same night over again. 



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The climax to our second year at Natick High School was the election of six 
of our classmates to the National Honor Society. 

In September, 1944, we returned for our last year of high school — a little sad, 
maybe with the realization that our school flays would soon be over and that even 
before graduation many of our boys would be leaving to serve in the armed forces 
of our country. 

\\ e prepared, however, to enjoy our Senior year and we got off to a flying 
start by electing our permanent class officers at the same time that all Americans 
were making a choice for our national leaders. We elected John Noonan, Presi- 
dent, June Brenneman, \ ice-President, Fay Spooner, Secretary and Mildred 
( irant. Treasurer. 

The football team coached by Mr. Plausse had a very successful season. Three 
times we had the pleasure of seeing our team win from Framingham. The Hockey 
Team guided by Coach Mc.Manus enjoyed a very outstanding season coming out 
on top in the Eastern Massachusetts League. Captain Leo Grady proved to be a 
wizard on ice and Robert Marden, Leo Grady and Charles Murphy made the 
Kastern Massachusetts All Star Team. The Basketball Team under Mr. Slamin's 
direction had a tine season and Natick High was invited to take part in the Tech 
Tournament. 

Harriet Hayes was chosen D.A.R. representative and attended the D.A.R. con- 
vention at the Hotel Kendall in Framingham. 

Ann McGrath represented Natick High School on WBZ at the Junior Town 
Meeting of the Air in February. 

( )ur Class President Jack Noonan left school in January to attend Boston Col- 
lege and our Vice-President June lh-enncman became acting President. 

The Senior Reception was held in February, earlier than it had taken place 
tor main years, so the boys who were going in the service could be on hand for 
their own reception. It was a gala affair enjoyed by everyone in attendance. 

In March Miss Randall, our lunchroom manager, retired after thirty-four 
years of service to Natick High School. A new lunch program has been inaugur- 
ated. 

"A Mind of Her ( )wn," our senior play, was presented to a most appreciative 
audience on April 6. Mrs. DeMeritt and the cast received many favorable com- 
ments from those who attended. The school orchestra under Mr. Mayberger's 
direction with Harriet Hayes as soloist presented the musical selections during 
intermissions. 

The National Honor Society induction was held on May 16. At this time six 
more members were inducted and today twelve of our classmates will receive their 
pins. 

( )ur graduation exercises remain as the last important function of the class of 
1945. We are proud to have been students in Natick High School and we know 
we are read) for whatever is ahead of us. We thank all the teachers who have 
made life m High School so pleasant for us and hope that they will remember us 
as a class of willing and enthusiastic pupils. 

Barbara Gi lm ore. 



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CLASS WILL 

By this instrument duly executed, we, the Class of 1945, being of sound body 
and especially high mental aptitude, do hereby ordain and declare this to be our 
last W ill and Testament. 

The following persons have beetl appointed as beneficiaries of our most treas- 
ured possessions. It is hoped that said persons will henelit by these bequests and 
live up to the high standards of our class. 

To the Juniors we leave our position as upperclassmen with the hope that they 
will be able to fulfill all expectations even though they are at present a little on the 
dull-witted side. 

To the Sophomores we bequeath twenty-six volumes of "The Book of Knowl- 
edge" with a fervent prayer that they will some day reach the goal we have so con- 
scientiously set for them. 

To our beloved country we leave those hoys who may soon he in the Armed 
forces. We know that Natick High will be as proud of them as it is of the many 
servicemen now representing our Alma Mater. 

To Mr. Quackenbush we bequeath a recording of his theme song, "Any Bonds 
Today." We hope that it will inspire the students as much as he has. 

To Mr. McManus we leave a gavel to aid him in keeping law and order in his 
classes and at the same time preserve his ring. 

To Miss Griffin we bequeath a policeman's whistle and a large billy-club to 
assist her in bringing truants back to school. 

To Mr. W hite we leave an atomizer with a case of Evening in Paris perfume 
to be sprayed around the school after experiments. 

To Miss Wildbur and Mr. Slamin, our class advisors, we leave our deep 
appreciation for the work they have done to make our many activities successful. 

We bequeath to Yangie Sticka and Gene Arena the captaincy of the football 
team. Good luck, fellows! 

[, Don Robertson, leave the captaincy of the basketball team to Jim Haddad. 
We hope to see you at the Tech Tourney, Jim. 

i, Leo Grady, leave to John Driscoll and Jocko Garvin the position of 
CO-captains of the 1945-46 hockey team. 

I, Agnes Wilson, bequeath my high scholastic standing to Dorothy ( )lson. 

I, Tony Arminio, leave my ability to infatuate the ladies to Tommy Dowry. 

1, Thelma Hall, bequeath my petiteness to Barbara Beswick. 

1, Barliara Morse, leave my sunny disposition to Rita DeAngelis. 

I, Gladys Kinsman, leave my ability to make friends easily with the Opposite 
sex to Joanne Brenneman. 

I, Don Fair, bequeath my ability to dress in sporty clothes to Jack Sheridan. 

I, Bobbie Grant, leave my popularity to Dolores Casali. 

I, Jean Riker, leave my attractiveness to Mary Lou Goodnow. 

I, Jimmy Clasby, leave my bashful ways with the women to Michael Dunn. 

1, Barbara Gilmore, leave my willingness to help others to Patricia Donahue. 

I, Dorothy Nichols, leave my ability to get into mischief to Edith Munson. 

I, Fay Spooner, leave my ability to intrigue hockey players to Hope Styles. 



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I, Ann McGrath, leave my seductive manner to Mary Eldridge. 

I, Jim Hamwev, leave my easy-going manner to Gordon Channel. 

1, Charlie Murphy, leave im sophisticated looks to Kenny Harpell. 

I. Pegg) Hums, leave my ardent admiration for redheads to any Junior girl 
who is fascinated by the same. 

We, the members of the Senior Class leave to the faculty our gratitude in the 
form of a song which will prove that their work has not been in vain "We're 
Beginning to See the Light." 

We hereby sign and seal this document, the last Will and Testament of the 
Class of 1945, in the presence of those witnesses w ho have hereunto signed their 
namo. 

Dorothy KilleEn. 

1/ 'itnessed by 

Edith M. Nntt 
Emily L. Shannon 



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CLASS SOISG 

Oh, red and blue, our colors true 
The time has come to leave you — 
How sad the thought that we must part 
Thy portals close to our hearts. 
As we this day bid fond adieu, 
We start into this world anew, 
To blaze a path to victor} 
For all humanity. 

Words by Norman Peirce Harrington. 
Music by HARRIET Gammon HayES, 



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CLASS PROPHECY 

Kxtra ! Kxtra! Read all about it. "A Mind of Her Own" hack by popular 
demand! Read all about it. 

Are my ears deceiving me? Give me a paper quickly. Yes, there it is in plain 
black and white. 

The entire east of our 1945 senior play will return to the good old Alma Mater 
to perform once again after a lapse of ten whole years. The public has never been 
able to forget the great performance that left the audience spellbound on that 
important night in '45. Of course, the players have aged a little and perhaps Idled 
out in the wrong places since then, but who will notice anyway ? Are we kidding ? 

Well, what do you know, our own class play back by popular demand ! We 
can't miss this. Let's not waste any time in getting out to Natick. 

The plane we hop is piloted oy none other than Willis Reed. He sure looks 
sharp in that uniform. Richard Rihotto, Anthony Simeone, and George McCarthy 
are members of the crew, too. We had a regular gab-fest before taking off. Little 
Mary Temprendola served us refreshments on the way. A dee]) voice demanding 
pink lemonade made us turn around and take a look. The tallest man in the 
United States, Albert LePage, was making the trip with us. He informed us that 
the secret of his height was a triple dose of vitamins daily. His companion is Bob 
Altheide who has a thriving national oil business now. 

In the very front seat with two parachutes (the extra one just in case) fas- 
tened tightly to him is Bob McCarthy who is taking his first plane ride. His chain 
of personality schools have made him a rich man. John Powers, the first man to 
be on the staff of Powers' models, is sitting next to Ruth Roberts, a serious-looking 
nun. When we all discovered each other it was worse than a legion convention. 

Before we knew it, we had landed on the Shagoury & Shagoury airfield which 
had been newly constructed on the Worcester turnpike. Paul and Pauline have in 
their employ, Norman Harrington, general manager of the airport, and Wendall 
Deschamps, pilot of the reconverted B-17 which has been named after Bob Pease, 
king of the limburger cheese manufacturers. Billy Goss, mechanic of hangar 5, 
can he seen working busily on a motor. 

The bus we boarded for Natick center had Gwendolyn Kermode in the driver's 
seat. She called out the historical spots as we rode along. The C & C National 
Fruit Company that has branches all over the country was pointed out. She 
informed us that the C & C stood for Cardellicchio and Chiacchia, who from the 
planting of one little peach stone have become millionaires. Dick Burke is the 
general manager of the main office. He and Doug MacAlpine have a side line of 
manufacturing motorcycles, which had been their ambition since high sch(X)l days 
when the little red motorcycle used to be parked in the Police-station yard. We 
learned from Gwendolyn that Thelma Hall was private secretary to Frank and Dick 
with Mary I^ane, Matilda Fair, Dorothy McGrath, and Dorothy LeClair working 
on the office force with her. Richard Ellis is their star salesman, noted for his gift 
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The beautiful home of Graham Hiltz came into view. He has fulfilled his 
fondest dreams — that of marrying Jane Withers. Speaking of marriages, we hear 
that Jean Butler and Vito Sammartano have become Mr. and Mrs., and congratula- 
tions are in order because of the arrival of a set of twins which have been long 
hoped for. Donnie Robertson is well taken care of by his steady income from his 
trucking business. 

We are now entering the business district of the biggest little city in the world. 
From all signs, Irene McManus is now running the R & L. She is in joint part- 
nership with Doris Parker whose remarkable window displays are known the world 
over. 

The bus is stopped by Louis Valle, member of the Natick Police. He said that 
he was just lonely and had to talk with someone. We learned that others on the 
force included Eddy Condon, Jimmy Clasby, Harry Seavey. with Wally Mathews 
as chief. Do you think he had some sort of "drag"? They seem to be really keep- 
ing peace in town, but it might be said that there isn't anything to quiet down since 
they have become respectable citizens. 

By this time, the bus stop has been reached and all pile off. Other busses 
coming in are driven by Marie McCauley. Marjorie Mcintosh, and Rita Lynch. 
It looks as though the women have really taken over the transportation system. 
No wonder the accident rate has decreased ! 

We head toward the high school and meet Jimmy Lockhart, pretty smooth, 
indeed, in an admiral's uniform. Imagine our disappointment when he told us it 
was only a doorman's outfit for Jacqueline Durbin's famous hotel, "Bigbill." 

Across the street are Jean Lowell, Roberta Barrus, Eileen Devereau, Peggy 
Burns, and Frances Cantrel who all work at dishing Hospital. We wonder why? 
It will have to remain a mystery ! 

A long limousine catches our eye; Marion Pettee, the nationally famous orator, 
is stopping to speak with Jane Lupien, a laboratory technician in Jack Noonan's 
baby-bottle plant. Don't ask us how Jack got started in that business! 

Coming out the front door of good old Natick High, as we are entering, is 
Robert Warden, Glen Lyons, and George Morris, representing the three branches 
of the service. Bob, an admiral in the Navy; Glen, a general in the Marines (Gen- 
eral Lyons, doesn't that sound nice) ; and Colonel Morris. Brother! all that meat 
and no potatoes. No wonder we won the war ! 

We find that Elsie Swanson has succeeded Miss Mann in the principal's office, 
with Frannv McSweeney looking very important behind the principal's desk. He 
has attempted to put over some new policies in the school such as serving ice cream 
to all the pupils every Saturday that school is in session. 

Fran takes us on a tour of the school to meet some old classmates who have 
become teachers. Dorothy Curtis is head of the History Department, and Elinor 
Burke teaches English up in Room 28. Norman Chase has introduced a new class 
in radio. Now, one! Now, two! That voice has a familiar ring to it. Yep, we 
were right ; Donny Fair looks pretty fit leading his gym class. He doesn't eat 
quite as much as Bruno used to (no once could ), but he uses his tactics — the "you 
do it or else" method ! 



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Dana ( )lson and Harold Paecht were visiting Mr. McManus when we stopped 
in. Dana Olson is now heavyweight champion of the world, and Harold is his 
promoter. Ht certainly has come a long way since our school days in '45. 

Walking further around the building, we find as head coach and assistant 
physical director. Glen ford Atkinson, whose excellent volumes written on basket- 
ball theor) have carried his name high in the world of sports. Glenny tells us that 
Tony Corbosiero has been named to have the most perfectly built body in the world, 
easil) taking the title away from Charles Atlas. 

After talking with Glenny for a while, we continue along our way; and our 
attention is attracted by none other than William Brown who is head of the mathe- 
matics department. W e drop in just as he is stating his reasons why Einstein is 
wrong, and Ins group of quiz kids is listening intently. W e listened too, but it was 
greek to us; so we sneaked out. 

On the corner we purchase a paper with headlines that read as follows: Agnes 
Wilson, First Woman President of \he United States. In the articles below, we 
find that | unc Brenneman is to be her private secretary. Incident!}', Donald Schcu- 
fele is vice-president. Now we'll know where to go when we want some red tape 
cut. 

In a sub-headline we read that Jean Cotton and John VandexMeer are the 
new academv award winners tor the coming year. Even out in Hollywood, the 
town of Xatick is well represented. 

As we turn the page, a picture catches our eye. A group of men with torn and 
ragged clothes and with flowing beards are looking unhappily at the camera. Their 
names, left to right are: Vincent Roberts. Robert (iilbert, Thomas Deignan, Robert 
Brown, and Vito Arminio. all former sailors. It seems that their ship was torpe- 
doed near a Pacific Isle, and they have just been living there ever since. Thev 
didn't >eem to like being rescued very well. We wonder why! 

An ad just below describes the beautiful riding academy run by Jean Dunton, 
with lean Main as assistant instructor. It states further that all her horses are fed 
exclusively on Hay-Nay, the famous horse food created by Hazel Najas. 

( )n the society page we see that Ella Mae Hatch is now in the upper brackets. 
Jean Riker is her constant companion, both working on committees and charities. 

The current best seller is advertised. Its author is Loretta Kreshpane, its 
title- -"Giggles." The title will prepare you for anything, and knowing the author, 
you should be ready for anything. 

Irene Antinori's column on "Who's Who in Hollywood" is read by all. She 
has only the highest praise for Salvatore Profetto's new production. Its leading 
lady is none other than June Bellofatto. W e knew that that cute face and figure 
would take her places. Irene also writes that Tony Melchiorri, noted trumpeter, 
has been offered a contract from Warner Bros. 

Someone suggests going to "Flynn's Cafe" for our evening meal, so we lose 
no time in getting over to Jean's. 

W e are greeted at the door by hostess Jean Hewitt, who leads us to a pleasant- 
ly-situated table. Paul Meymaris, who had been sitting all alone, moved his chair 
over to us and joined the party. He claims that he has invented a painless drill and 



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that his research has aided science tremendously. Who are we to doubt such a 
well-educated man? 

At the tahle to the right of us sits Marilyne .Murphy, owner of a fashion shop 
in Florida. \Yc learn that she has Helen Pineau, Tina Winn, Barbara Bouret, and 
Mary Amato on her modeling staff. How's that for being loyal to your high-school 
classmates? Sitting with Marilyne is Marie Culcasi, who is making a tour of the 
country playing the piano for the entertainment of the numerous veteran hospitals. 
Speaking of veterans, Marie tells us that Marion DuttOfl is running one for Navy 
personnel only. She must be prejudiced or somethin', huh? 

To the left of us is Eddy Wall, trying to put over a deal to Barbara Gilmore, 
well-known artist. He has really taken his real-estate business seriously, and know- 
ing Eddy, we realize he can use persuasive measures. 

Over in the corner. Anita Leavitt is having trouble with her spaghetti. The 
darn stuff goes everywhere but the right place. She is in partnership with Bobby 
Grant, designing and producing new hat creations. They really have an effect on 
men — especially their pocketbooks. 

The food was excellent. No wonder Irene Town, the cook, received the high- 
est award at the national cooking contest. The beverage served with the meal 
proved to be Lene Picrro's "Non-Burp" specialty. She and Betty Pignatelli have 
devoted many years to perfecting it. 

Complaining in loud tones and in no uncertain language about the non-tender- 
ness of his steak is Arthur Arthur, who now runs the Colonial. 

Realizing that there isn't too much time left before the play, we pay the cashier. 
Vasilika Christi and depart with a few more pounds added, but feeling swell. 

Elizabeth Downing takes our tickets. She and fsabelle GruppOSO are running 
an agency for lonelv hearts. It's different, anyway! And How! 

{Catherine Peters and Elena Pisano are read) with programs. They art- 
engaged in the reducing business. Their policy is. "If We Can't Make You Thin, 
There Is No Use In Hoping.'' 

As we are rather early, we obtain seats right where we can see people as they 
enter. There is Harriet Hayes, famous singer, who will render several selections 
during intermission, just as she did ten years ago. Jean Mills will accompany her 
on the piano. 

Merc comes Geno Martinelli and his boys who will provide the music tonight. 
His is one of the leading bands of the nation now. Richard VanWart is his pub- 
licit) agent. 

Norma Taylor, Thelma Syrbich, Susan Tenny, and Marjbrie Temple all come 
in together. They form a committee for the benefit of homeless Siamese Twins. 
They are all married and settled down, so they have plenty of time to put into club 
work. 

Mary Moran, Joan Davis's understudy, and June Miller, married to the presi- 
dent of the Telephone Company, enter next. They wave to Claire Pulsifer, bridge 
champion of the United States. 

Sitting in the front row is Olive Seeley and Rhoda Sullivan. Olive is Presi- 



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dent of Framingham Slate Teachers College now, and Rhoda is her private secre- 
tary. 

There's the mayor, Arthur Hansen, with Leo (irady. pitcher for the Boston 
Braves. Thej --it down beside Phyllis Hall, noted writer. She has written a book 

on shorthand entitled, "Why I Don't Agree W ith Mr. Gregg." I bet Miss Crocker 
will lie interested in this. 

Looking very happy and contented, indeed, is Marilyn Foster, sealed with her 
hushand, former SeaRee. 

Margaret Sweeney, Patricia Ciccarelli, and Patricia Carey are busy discussing 
the tenth divorce of Fay Spooner. Tsk, Tsk, Fay, 1 should think it would get a 
trifle monotonous. Patty Ciccarelli and Patty Carey have formed the "Pat & Pat 
Food Shop." Their hest customer is Margaret Sweeney who gives numerous teas, 
dinners, lunches, etc. at the local Old Ladies' Home, run by Dora Chaulk. 

Rarhara Morse, owner of a local beauty shop, conies in with Kay Vergos, who 
has a chain of ice cream parlors. She has created the "Sundae Extraordinary." 
Everything's in it but the kitchen sink. 

Do you remember that quiet little girl, Elaine Condon? You wouldn't know 
her now! She is an ace comedienne on stage and radio, noted for her moose calls, 
no less ! 

Another radio star is Nancy Angelo, who stars on the program "John's Second 
Wife's Cousin." The sponsor of the show is Louise Rerenius, producer of "Onions 
Supreme." It seems that the onions still hold their flavor, hut the wonderful aroma 
has been eliminated. She has made millions. 

The hall is really filling up now, and ushers Mary Carroll, Christine Boucher, 
and Mary Ahern are having difficulties finding room for all. Chris is a personality 
expert now, and the two Mary's are on her staff helping to give pointers to all. 
Their motto is "Come with poisonality ; leave with personality." 

Ruth McCracken, an authority on "What the canine of today is wearing," is 
hunting furiously for a seat. A few of her models tried to follow her in, but a 
sign was quickly posted, "No Dogs Allowed." 

Everyone has quieted down now, for it is time for the curtain to go up. 1 
mean it was quiet for a moment, but the silence was shattered by someone coming 
in like a two-ton dump truck. Mary Maloon, the last member of the class of '45 
to be seen before the lights are dimmed, makes a flying leap for an empty seat 
beside Ruth. Mary is the creator of the No-heat, No-curler, No-chemical Perman- 
ent Wave. The secret of it all is that she hypnotizes the customer, scaring her so 
that her hair curls. Why didn't someone think of that before? 

Incidentally, she missed the chair and cracked a perfectly good floor board. 

Sh-h-h, everybody, there goes the curtain. 

As the lights were dimmed and the curtain rolled up, Danny Dunn and Dolly- 
Kinsman were again portraying the mother and father. Dan's now a semi-pro 
boxer, and Dolly operates the "How to. Get Your Man" Agency. Next came Pat 
Cuttell. now the sole owner of The Itsum Kitsum T ; lea Show. Jim Hamwey 
arrived late, due to the fact that he and Dot Killeen, now Mr. and Mrs., arc busy 
with Lotira, Pepita, Rosita and Mike. Tony Arminio's dance style is quite differ- 



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ent now since he's toured South America with his captivating partner, Charlotte 
Anzivino. Charlie Murphy, president of Harvard University and Ann McGrath, 
author of "How Much I Spent to Become a Member of the Honor Society," 
looked screamingl) funnj during their Apache Dance. Dot Nichols and Margie 
Hallsworth, both New York taxi-cab drivers, were on hand for the show. Crash- 
Slam-Bang — Kstelle Wallis has arrived with her handsome husband Swoon boy 
La C rostra. The onlj substitution is in the part of Dot Glynn who is imw a 
trigger-happy gun moll. 

As the cast was called hack for its last curtain call, we realized that we were 
no longer Natick High seniors residing in Natick. We bid our classmates fare- 
well; and busses, planes, trains and cars are filled to capacity with the class of '45 
retiring to their respective jobs throughout the world. 



■f Y Y 

OUR GOAL 

I 

The homeward stretch, the goal at last in sight, 

The goal toward which we worked with all our might. 

But now, dear Alma Mater, as the time grows short 

Each grieves; but silent!) he takes his place. 

Can we go on, prove worth) to those dead 

And those who die? Can we go on ahead? 

Will they he with us, on their souls no mar, 

To help and comfort us, both near and far? 

Through your halls our laughter never more shall ring 

So let us now and evermore your praises sing. 

11 

Through years gone In we've been preparing for this day, 

We, who yesterdaj were children joyously at play, 

Are faced with problems yet unsolved. 

Can we bring peace? May hate forever he dissolved. 

Each lift his eyes to God in silent plea 

That he will help, however dark the road may be? 

And when at last the world is bright and gay, 

W hen nu n and women laugh and children happily may play, 

We, with faith in God, shall rule once more, 

And peace will soon again force wide her door. 

Gladys Thompson Kinsman. 




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Back raw: G. Kinsman, I). Dunn, P. Cuttell, J. Hamwcy. I). Killeen, D. Glynn, Mrs. 
DeMeritt 

Front row: C. Anzivino, T. Arminio, M. Hallsworth, D. Nichols, A. McGrath C. Murphy, 
E. Wallis. 



SEIMOR CLASS PLAY 

The class of 1945 chose as their senior production, "A Mind of Her Own," a 
comedy in three ads by Anne Ferring Weatherly, to he presented on Friday eve- 
ning, April 6, at the Coolidge Junior High School Auditorium. The ca^t follows: 

Jim Bartlett, in the construction business Daniel Dunn 

Delia Bartlett, his wife Gladys Kinsman 

Bunny, their daughter Dorothy Killeen 

Totnraie, their son Charles Murphy 

Nettie, another daughter Dorothy Nichols 

Lizzie, the maid Patricia Cuttell 

Jessica Atwood, Bunny's guest Marjorie Hallsworth 

Delphine Lindley, another one of Bunny's guests Charlotte Anzivino 

Steve Henderson, an admirer of Bunny Jim Hamwey 

Hugh Randall, another admirer Tony Arminio 

Carol Russell, the girl next door Anne McGrath 

Miss Flora Fenwick, a naturalist Estelle Wallis 

Mrs. Phelps, a contractor's wife Dorothy Glynn 

Director — Mrs. Helen H. DeMeritt 
Understudies — Barbara Giimore, Anita Leavitt, Robert McCarthy 
The action of the play took place in the summer cottage of the Bartletts who 
returned annually to Silver Lake for a well-earned vacation. Jim Bartlett, ably 
portrayed by Dannie Dunn, doubted the henefits of a vacation when his good- 
natured wife allowed their daughter, Runny, to entertain her college friends, the 
"scrumptious" cheerleader, Delphine, and the glamorous Jessica. Dorothy Killeen 

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SENIOR EXECUTIVE BOARD 
Back row: A. Simeone, L Grady, C. Murphy, R. Chiacchia, Mr. Slamin. 
Front row: E. Swanson, J. I.upien. J. Brenneman, B. Gilmore. M. Grant. F. Spooner, 
Miss Wildbur. 



Senior Class Play (Continued) 

personified Bunny perfectly as she followed Delphine around, and later tried to be 
a woman of the world like her heroine, Jessica. When Pat Cuttell, as Lizzie, care- 
fully warned Delia that Bunny should beware of Jessica's schemes to lure all 
Bunny's men away from her, Tommie and Nettie — realistically depicted by Charles 
Murphy and Dorothy Nichols — laid plans for upsetting the wily Jessica. 

Unfortunately, through unforeseen circumstances, the brusque Mrs. Phelps, 
who came to see Jim Martlett on business for her husband, proved to be the unhappy 
victim of the careful plans of Tommie and Nettie. Dorothy Glynn made a mos1 
convincing Mrs. Phelps as she informed the family in no uncertain terms that she 
considered theirs a mad-house. 

Estelle Wallis, as the spinster naturalist who took the children on bird walks, 
had the scales of popularity weighted against her in .Steve, the local club recreational 
director, played handsomely by Jim Hamwey. Steve in turn met with competition 
from Hugh, personified by the dapper Tony Arminio, as he persuaded Bunny to be 
his partner for the annual ."stunt Night. In the meantime Tommie was trying to 
follow up his keen interest in the new girl next door, Carol, in the person of attrac- 
tive Anne McGrath. 

When Jessica sent Bunny on a faked errand so that she herself could take 
Bunny's stunt-night costume, she did not realize that the storm which Lizzie had 
predicted, would break on her unfortunate head in such a wax that she would stand 
revealed in her selfishness, and Bunny would develop "a mind of her own." By that 
process Steve regained Bunny, and the play and the evening ended happily, 



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CLASS OFFICERS 

JOHN NOONAN— President 

Baseball 2, 3, 4: Basketball 2, 3, 4; Band 
2, 3; Corridor Patrol 2, 3, 4: Glee Club 2; 
Orchestra 2, 3, 4; Safety Council 2, 3, 4; 
Sassamon Board 4; Student Council 2, 3, 
4; Junior Executive Board. Senior Execu- 
tive Board, Representative to Boys' State, 
Representative to High School Conference 
at Boston University, Ticket Committee 
for Sports Dance, Orchestra Committee 
for Sports Dance. Class President 4. 



JUNE BRENNEMAN— Vice President 

Defense Savings Collector 2, 3, 4; Honor 
Society 4; Sassamon Board 2, 3; Student 
Council 3; Red Cross : Usher at Gradua- 
tion 3; V ice President 3,4; Usher at Honor 
Society Program 3; Refreshment Commit- 
tee 3; Football Dance 3; Executive Board 
3, 4: Commercial Club 4; Usher at "War 
Stamp Night" 3; Receiving Line Junior 
Prom 3; Invitation for Senior Reception 4. 



FAY SPOONER— Secretary 

Sassamon Board 2, 3, 4; Student Council 
4; Class Secretary 2, 3, 4; Drum Major- 
ette 2, 3, 4; Executive Board 3. 4; Decor- 
ation Committee, Junior Prom 3; (Chair- 
man) Ticket Committee. Football Dance 
4; Usher at Senior Play 4. 



MILDRED GRANT— Treasurer 

Girls' Athletic 2; Sassamon Board 3, 4; 
Student Council 4; Executive Board 3, 4: 
Class Treasurer 3. 4; Secretary, Student 
Council 4; Class Play Reader 4; Decorat- 
ing Committee, Sports Dance 3, 4; Enter- 
tainment Committee, Sports Dance 3; 
Decorating Committee. Football Dance 3, 
4. Entertainment Committee, Football 
Dance 3, 4; Ticket Committee, Jr. Prom 
3; Ticket Committee, Football Dance 4; 
Invitation Committee, Football Dance 4; 
Favor Committee, Football Dance 4; 
Cheerleader 3, 4; Usher at Senior Play 4; 
Music Committee; Class Party Commit- 
tee 4. 



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MARY AHEARN 

Commercial Club 4 

ROBERT ALTHEIDE 

Hockey .3; Junior Red Cross 2; Glee Club 
2; Usher at Football Dance 3. 



MARY AMATO 



NANCY ANGELO 

Corridor Patrol 2, 3, 4 ; Safety Council 2, 
3, 4; Sassamon Board 2, 3; Senior Execu- 
tive Board 4; Commercial Club 4; Junior 
Red Cross 2, 3, 4; Usher at Senior Play; 
Decoration Committee, Senior Reception. 



IRENE ANTINORI 

Election Counter 2; Junior Red Cross 2, 
3, 4; Commercial Club 4. 



CHARLOTTE ANZIVINO 

Girls' Athletic 3, 4; Corridor Patrol 4; 
Glee Club 4; Safety Council 4; Sassamon 
Board 3, 4; Junior Red Cross 3, 4; Secre- 
tary 4; Cheerleader 4; Usher for Junior 
Prom 3; Chairman Decorations for Foot- 
ball Dance 4; Class Party Committee; 
Usher at Senior Reception; Prophecy 4; 
Plav Cast 4. 



TONY ARMINIO 

Usher at Senior Reception 4; Play Cast 4. 

VITO ARMINIO 

U. S. Navy. 



ARTHUR ARTHUR 

Corridor Patrol 2, 3, 4; Defense Savings 
Collectors 3, 4; Glee Club 2; Sassamon 
Board 2, 3, 4; Checker, Football Dance 4; 
Collect tickets at Music Festival 3; Usher 
at Sports Night 3; Usher at Senior Recep- 
tion. 



GLEN ATKINSON 

Baseball 2, 3, 4 ; Basketball 2, 3, 4 ; Gym 
Class Leader 3, 4. 



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GEORGE AUGUSTINE 

Hockey 4; U. S. Navy. 

ROBERTA BARRUS 

Glee Club 3; Usher and Decorations, 
Junior Prom 3; Commercial Club 4; Can- 
dy Committee. 



JUNE BELLOFATTO 

Checker in elections 2; Junior Executive 
Board 3; Decorating Committee, Junior 
Prom 3; Usher at Honor Society 3: Com- 
mercial Club 4; Ticket Committee for 
Senior Play 4. 

LOUISE BERENIUS 



CHRISTINE BOUCHER 

Band 2, 3, 4; Glee Club 2, 3; Decorating 
Committee, Junior Prom 3; Usher at 
Senior Play 4. 

BARBARA BOURET 

Majorette 2, 3, 4. 



ROBERT BROWN 

U. S. Navy. 

WILLIAM BROWN 

Usher at Graduation 3; Checker at Junior 
Prom 3. 



ELINOR BURKE 

Glee Club 2, 3. 

RICHARD BURKE 

Orchestra 2, 3, 4; Usher at Senior Recep- 
tion. 




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MARGARET BURNS 

Glee Club 2, 3; Student Council 4; Com- 
mercial Clul) 4; Decoration Committee at 
Senior Reception. 

JEAN BUTLER 

Girls' Athletic 3, 4: Usher Committtee, 
Junior Prom 3; Ticket Committee. Foot- 
Ball Dance 4; Girls' Athletic Assembly 3; 
Junior Red Cross 3; Usher at Senior 
Reception; Basketball 3, 4, (Capt.) 

FRANCES CANTREL 

Student Council 2; Ticket Committee for 
Football Dance 2; Commercial Club 4; 
Decoration Committee, .Senior Reception. 

FRANK CARDELLICCHIO 

Corridor Patrol 3; Honor Society 3, 4; 
Safety Council 3: Student Council 2; 
Defense Savings Committee 2, 3, 4; L'sher 
and Decorating Committee, Junior Prom; 
L'sher at Graduation; Usher at Senior 
Play; Usher at Senior Reception, Gift 
Committee, Prophecy. 



PATRICIA CAREY 

MARY CARROLL 

Girls' Athletic 2, 3, 4; Refreshment Com- 
mittee at Senior Reception. 



NORMAN CHASE 

Baseball 2, 3. 4; Corridor Patrol 2, 3, 4; 
Safety Council 2, 3, 4. 

DORA CHAULK 

Girls' Athletic 3 4; Glee Club 2; Commer- 
cial Club 4; Substitute — Defense Savings 
Collector 2, 3. 

RICHARD CHIACCH1A 

Football 3 ; Corridor Patrol 4 ; Glee Club 
2; Honor Society 3, 4; Safety Council 4 
Student Council 4; F.xecutive Board 4 
Decorating Committee, Junior Prom 3 
Usher Junior Prom 3; Usher Graduation 
Day 3, and Class Day 3; Usher at Senior 
Play; Usher at Senior Reception. 

VASILIKA CHRISTI 

Commercial Club 4. 



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PATRICIA CICCARELLI 

JAMES CLASBY 

Baseball 3. 4; Football 3, 4; Hockey 4; 
Corridor Patrol 4; Checker at Sports 
Dance 



EDWARD CONDON 

Football 2, 4; Hockey 2, 3, 4; Defense 
Savings Collectors 2; Glee Club 2; Sassa- 
mon Board 2, 3; War Savings Committee 
2, 3, 4; Junior Executive Board 3; Hall 
Committee, Junior Prom 3. 

ELAINE CONDON 



ANTHONY CORBOSIERO 

Baseball 3, 4; Basketball 4; Football 2, 3, 
4; Glee Club 2; Junior Red Cross; Class 
Leader in Gym 3, 4. 

JEAN COTTON 

Usher at Senior Play 4. 

MARIE CULCASI 

Glee Club 4; Student Council 3; Junior 
Executive Board 3; Usher at Graduation 
3; Clerical Assistant to Miss Wildbur 3; 
Commercial Club 4; Orchestra Committee 
for Junior Prom; Assistant Checker for 
Flection 2; Cashier for the Lunch Room 
2, 3. 4 ; Program Committee for Senior 
Reception 4; Honor Society 4. 

DOROTHY CURTIS 

Ticket Committee for Senior Play 4; Re- 
freshment Committee, Senior Reception. 

PATRICIA CUTTELL 

Girls' Athletic 2, 4; Defense Savings Col- 
lectors 3, 4; Glee Club 4; Sassamon Board 
2; Refreshment Committee, Junior Prom; 
Refreshment Committee, Football Dance 
3; Senior Play Cast. 

THOMAS DEIGNAN 

U. S. Navy. 




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WENDELL DESCHAMPS 

Hockey 3, 4; Defense Savings Collectors 
2; Campaign Manager; Checking Com- 
mittee for Sports Dance: U. S. Army. 

EILEEN DEVEREAU 

Girls' Athletic 2, 3j Red Cross Represen- 
tatives 3; Commercial Cluh 4; Clerk at 
Election 2. 

ELIZABETH DOWNING 

Ticket Committee, Senior Play; Decorat- 
ing Committee for Senior Reception. 

DANIEL DUNN 

Defense Savings Collectors 2; Glee Cluh 
2; Honor Society 3, 4; Safety Council 2, 
3, 4; Commissioner 4; Sassamon Board 2, 
3, 4; Student Council 2, 4, (President 4); 
Defense Stamp Committee 2, 3, 4, (Presi- 
dent 4) ; Usher Graduation and Class Day 
2. 3, 4; Usher at Senior Reception; Class 
Party Committee 4; Play Cast 4. 

JEANNE DUNTON 

Student Council 3; Decorating Committee, 
Junior Prom; Publicity 4. 

JACQUELINE DURBIN 

Decorating Committee, Senior Reception. 



MARION DUTTON 

Corridor Patrol 3, 4; Safety Council 3, 4. 

RICHARD ELLIS 

Football 3, 4; Hockey 4; Honor Society 
4; Red Cross; Election; Usher at Gradua- 
tion; Gift Committee 4. 



DONALD FAIR 

Publicity 4; Class Party Committee 4. 

MATILDA FAIR 

Commercial Cluh 4. 



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JEAN FLYNN 

Girls' Athletic 2, 3; Glee Club 2; Commer- 
cial Club 4; Candy Committee, Senior 
Play 4. 

MARILYN FOSTER 

Glee Club 2, 3, 4. 

ROBERT GILBERT 

U. S. Navy. 

BARBARA G1LMORE 

Corridor Patrol 2, 3, 4; Glee Club 2, 3; 
Honor Society 4; Safety Council 2, 3, 4; 
Decorating Committee, Junior Prom 3, 
(Chairman); Senior Executive Board 4; 
Commercial Club 4; Usher at Senior Play : 
Decorating Committee, Senior Reception, 
(Chairman) ; History 4. 

DOROTHY GLYNN 

Girls' Athletic 2; Senior Play Cast; Com- 
mercial Club 4. 

WILLIAM GOSS 

Publicity 4. 

LEO GRADY 

Baseball 2, 3, 4; Hockey I, 3, 4; Decora- 
tion Committee for Football Dance 4; 
Usher at Framingham-Natick Footbali 
game 3, 4; Senior Executive Board; 
Ticket Committee, Football Dance 4. 

ISABEL GRUPPOSO 

Glee Club 2, 3, 4; Ballad for Americans 2; 
Mixed Glee Club 2; Candy Committee. 
Senior Play; Usher at Senior Reception. 



PHYLLIS HALL 

Commercial Club 4. 

THELMA HALL 

Corridor Patrol 3, 4; Glee Club 3; Red 
Cross 3; Commercial Club 4. 




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MARJOR1E HALLSWORTH 

C.irls' Athletic 2, 3, 4 ; Corridor Patrol 2. 3, 
4; Defense Savings Collectors 2, 3, 4; 
Safety Council 2, 3, 4; Student Council 2; 
Decorating Committee and Usher Com- 
mittee, Junior Prom; Cheerleader 3; Clerk 
for Elections 2; Usher at Senior Recep- 
tion; Decorating Committee, Senior Re- 
ception ; Play Cast 4. 

JAMES HAMWEY 

I'sher at Senior Reception; Usher at Class 

Day 3; Entertainment at Cushing 3, 4; 

Usher at Junior Prom; Sports Night 2, 3, 
4; Play Cast 4; Rasehall 2, 3; Football 
2, 3, 4 (acting co-captain) ; Decorating 
Committee. Senior Reception; Hockey 
asst. manager 4. 

ARTHUR HANSEN 

Football 3, 4; Sports Night 3; U. S. Navy. 

NORMAN HARRINGTON 

Football 2, (manager) ; Defense Savings 
Collectors 3. 4; Glee Club 2; War Bond 
Committee 3, 4; Junior Red Cross 3. 

ELLA MAE HATCH 

Band 4; Glee Club 4; Knitting Club 4; 
Entertainment. Football Dance 4; Candy 
Committee. Senior Play ; Usher at Senior 
Reception. 

HARRIET HAYES 

Representative to D.AiR. Convention 4; 
Usher at Honor Society Induction 3; Cor- 
ridor Patrol 3. 4, (Commissioner) ; Defense 
Savings Collectors 4; Glee Club 2, 3. 4; 
Safety Council 3, 4; Sassamon Board 3, 4, 
(Editor-in-chief); War Savings Commit- 
tee 2. 3, 4, (Vice Pres.) ; Victory Concert 
2; Usher at Thanksgiving game 3; Mixed 
Glee Club 2; Ticket Committee, Junior 
Prom (Chairman); Ticket Committee, 
Senior Play; Student Council 4; Soloist at 
Graduation, Registrar, Sophomore Class 2. 

JEAN HEWITT 

Glee Club 3, 4; Drum Majorette 2, 3, 4. 
(Head Majorette 4); Red Cross Collector 
4; Tuberculosis Fund Collector 4; Ticket 
Committee for Jacket Fund 2. 

GRAHAM HILTZ 

Glee Club 2; Sassamon Board 3; Usher at 
Graduation 2, 3; Properties, Senior Play. 

GWENDOLYN KERMODE 

DOROTHY K1LLEEN 

Publicity Committee, Junior Prom; Com- 
mercial Club 4; Senior Play Cast; Decora- 
tion Committee, Senior Reception ; Class 
Will. 



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GLADYS KINSMAN 

Girls' Athletic 2, 3, 4; Defense Savings 
Collectors 2, 3; Glee Club 2, 3, 4; Sassa- 
mon Board 2, 3, 4, Sports Editor 3, 4 ; Glee 
Club Librarian 3, 4; A. A. Collector 4; 
Ticket Committee, Sassamon Dance 4; 
Favors football dance 4; Decoration Corn- 
Favors, Decoration and Ticket Commit- 
tees, Football Dance 4; Cheerleader 4; 
Usher at Junior Prom; Invitations and 
Entertainment Committee, Sports Dance 
4; Mixed Glee Club 2; Red Cross Com- 
mittee 3, 4: Usher at Senior Reception; 
Class Party Committee ; Senior Play Cast ; 
Class Poet. 

LORETTA KRESHPANE 

Girls' Athletic 2, 3, Corridor Patrol 2, 3, 4 ; 
Defense Savings Collectors 2: Safety 
Council 2, 3, 4; Sassamon Board 3; Stu- 
dent Council 3; Commercial Club 4; Class 
Treasurer 2; Decorating Committee for 
Junior Prom and Senior Reception. 

MARY LANE 

Girls' Athletic 2; Orchestra 2; Commercial 
Club 4. 

ANITA LEAVITT 

Glee Club 2, 3, 4; Mixed Glee Club ; Ballad 
for Americans 2; War Savings Committee 
2, 3, 4; Secretary 3; Usher at Senior Play; 
Decorating Committee, Senior Play. 

DOROTHY LeCLAIR 

Commercial Club 4. 

ALBERT LePAGE 

Football Dance 2; Junior Prom. 



JAMES LOCKHART 

U. S. Navy. 

JEAN LOWELL 

Candy Committee for Senior Play. 




JANE LUPIEN 

Girls' Athletic 2; Glee Club 3, 4; Sassa- 
mon Board 2, 3, 4; Senior Executive 
Board; Ticket Committee, Senior Play; 
Invitations for Senior Reception. 



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DOUGLAS MacALPINE 

Hand 2, 3. 

JEAN MAIN 

Corridor Patrol 3; I ) f c- 1 1 ^ o Savings Col- 
lectors 3; Glee Club 4; Publicity 4. 

MARY MALOON 

Defense Savings Collectors 4; Sassamon 
Board 2, 3; Candy Committee, Senior Play 
4; Prophecy 4; Class (iift Committee 2. 3, 
4; Executive Hoard 3; Usher at Sports 
Might 3; Usher at Honor Society Induc- 
tion 3; Ticket Committee, Junior Prom; 
President, Commercial Club 4. 

ROBERT MARDEN 

Football 3, '4; Hockey 3, 4; Glee Club 2; 
Corridor Patrol 3, 4; Safety Council 3, 4: 
Sassamon Hoard 2; Executive Board 3; 
President of Keel Cross 4; Usher at Junior 
Prom; (Chairman) Publicity Committee 
for Jacket Fund 4 ; Decorating Committee, 
Football Dance 4; U. S- Navy. 

GENO MARTINELLI 

Orchestra 2. 3, 4; Football 4; Hand 2, 3, 4. 
WALLACE MATHEWS 

Baseball 2. (Manager); Hockev 2. 3, 4; 
Corridor Patrol 3; Glee Club 2; Safety 
Council 3; Student Council 2, 3; A. A. 
Collector 3: Decorating Committee. Junior 
Prom; Class President 2. 3; Ticket Com- 
mittee. Football Dance 4; Entertainment 
and Decoration Committees. Sports Dam c 
4. Executive Board 3j Cheerleader 4: 

Usher at Senior Reception ; Class Party 
Committee. 

george McCarthy 

Football 4. 

Robert McCarthy 

Lighting and Wiring. Decoration Commit- 
tee, Senior Reception; Property Commit- 
tee, Senior Play; Football 2, 4; Baseball 
3; Safety Patrol 4. 

MARIE McCAULEY 

Commercial Club 4. 

RUTH McCRACKEN 

Defense Savings Collectors 2, 4; Glee Club 
3; Student Council 2; Red Cross Commit- 
tee; Commercial Club 4: War Savings 
Committee; Ticket Committee, Senior 
Play. 



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ANN McGRATH 

Girls' Athletic 2. 3, 4; Corridor Patrol 2. 3, 
4; Glee Club 3, 4. (pianist); Orchestra 2, 
3; Safety Council 2, 3, 4, (secretary): Stu- 
dent Council 3, 4; Red Cross 3; Cheer- 
leader 4; Junior Executive Board; A. A. 
Collector 4; Patrons and Entertainment 
Committees, Sports Dance 4; Chairman of 
Decoration Committee, Football Dance 4; 
Music Committee, Junior Prom: Victory 
Concert 2; Usher at Senior Reception; 
Play Cast 4. 

DOROTHY McGRATH 

Glee Club 3; Decorating Committee for 
Junior Prom: Commercial Club 4. 

MARJORIE McINTOSH 

Refreshment Committee, Junior Prom; 
Commercial Club 4. 

IRENE McMANUS 

Head Majorette 4: Majorette 2, 3; Glee 
Club 3; Publicity Committee for Junior 
Prom ; Girls' Athletic 2. 



FRANCIS McSWEENEY 

Baseball 2, 3; Hockey 3. 4; Band 2, 3, 4; 
Manager in Baseball 2; Register for vot- 
ing 4 : Publicity. 

ANTHONY MELCHIORRI 

Baseball 3; Band 2, 3, 4; Orchestra 2, 3. 4. 



PAUL MEYMARIS 

Defense Savings Collectors 3, 4; Orches- 
tra 2; Red Cross Committee 3; U. S. Coast 
Guard. 



JUNE MILLER 

Girls' Athletic 2, 3 ; Sassamon Board 2. 3 ; 
Commercial Club 4; Checker for Election 
2; Usher at Senior Reception. 



JEAN MILLS 

Commercial Club 4. 

MARY MORAN 




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GEORGE MORRIS 

Football 4; Hockey 3, 4; Usher at Junior 
Prom; Sport Night Jacket Fund 3; Voting 
on ballot 2; Entertainment Committee for 
Football Dance 4; U. S. Army. 

BARBARA MORSE 

Commercial Club 4; Refreshment Com- 
mittee. Senior Reception. 

CHARLES MURPHY 

Football 4; Hockey 2,3,4; Corridor Patrol 
2, 3, 4: Glee Club 2; Honor Society 3, 4; 
Sassamon Board 2, 3, 4; Senior Executive 
Board; Usher at Graduation and Class 
Day 3; Representative to Mass. Boys' 
State 3; Hall Committee, Senior Recep- 
tion ; Play Cast 4. 

MARILYN MURPHY 

Knitting Club 3; Sassamon Home Room 
Collector 3, 4; Checker in Elections 3, 4; 
Candy Committee. Senior Play. 

HAZEL NAJAS 

Girls' Athletic 2, 3; Band 2; Glee Club 2; 
Publicity. 

DOROTHY NICHOLS 

Girls' Athletic 2; Salvage Committee 2; 
Commercial Club 4; Senior Play Cast. 



DANA OLSON 

Baseball 2; Band 2. 3. 4; Sassamon Board 

2. 

HAROLD PAECHT 

U. S. Navy. 

DORIS PARKER 

Glee Club 2. 3; Honor Society 4; Sassa- 
mon Board 3, 4; Chairman of Publicity 
Committee for Junior Prom; Literary 
Publicity for Senior Play; Invitations 
Committee, Senior Reception. 

ROBERT PEASE 

Football 4; Red Cross 3, 4; Refreshment 
Committee, Sports Dance 4; Decoration 
Committee 3, 4; U. S. Navy. 



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KATHERINE PETERS 

Girls' Athletic 2, 3; Commercial Clul) 4; 
Program Committee for Senior Play ; 
Typist, Sassamon Yearbook 4. 

MARION PETTEE 

Girls' Athletic 2, 4 ; Defense Savings Col- 
lectors 2 ,3, 4; Glee Club 2, 3, 4; Refresh- 
ment Committee, Junior Prom; War Sav- 
ings Committee 2, 3, 4; Refreshment Com- 
mittee, Football Dance 4; Checker for 
Senior Election ; Counter for Sophomore 
Election. 



LENA PIERRO 

Girls' Athletic 2; Refreshment Committee 
for Football Dance. 



BETTY PIGNATELLI 

Girls' Athletic 2; Refreshment Committee 
for Sassamon Dance 3. 



HELEN PINEAU 

ELENA PISANO 

Commercial Club 4. 



JOHN POWERS 

Sassamon Board 3; Poster Commitee for 
Junior Prom; Properties, Senior Play. 

SALVATORE PROFETTO 



CLAIRE PULSIFER 

WILLIS REED 

Decoration Committee for Senior Recep- 
tion ; U. S. Army. 




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RICHARD RIBOTTO 

U. S. Navy. 

JEAN R1KER 

Glee Club 2, 3; Honor Society 4; Sassa- 
mon Hoard 4; Student Council 2; Jr. Red 

Cross 2; Junior Executive Board; Ballad 
of Americans 2; Candy Committee for 
Senior Play. 



RUTH ROBERTS 

Girls' Athletic 2. 3, 4. 

VINCENT ROBERTS 

Poster Committee for Football Dance 4; 

U. S. Navy. 

DONALD ROBERTSON 

Baseball 2, 3, 4; Basketball 2, 3, 4; Foot- 
ball 4; Refreshment Committee, Football 
Dance 3, 4; Patron Committee of Jacket 
Fund Dance 4; Sports Night 4. 

VITO SAMMARTANO 

Football 3, 4; Glee Club 2: Student Coun- 
cil 2; A. A. Collector 2; Publicity, Decora- 
tion Committee for Senior Reception ; 
Decoration Committee, Football Dance 
and Jacket Fund 2, 3; Decoration Com- 
mittee, Sports Dance; Decoration Com- 
mittee. Junior Prom; Boxing Sport Nite 3. 

DONALD SCHEUFELE 

Corridor Patrol 2, 3, 4; Honor Society 3, 
4; Safety Council 2, 3, 4; Checker at 
Junior Prom; Usher at Graduation 3. 

HARRY SEAVEY 

Basketball 4: Red Cross Representative 4; 
Entertainment at Cushing Hospital 3; 
Decoration Committee, Lighting and Wir- 
ing 4. 



OLIVE SEELEY 

Red Cross Representative 4; Ticket Com- 
mittee, Senior Play; Invitation for Senior 
Reception: Gift Committee. 

PAUL SHAGOURY 

U. S. Navy. 



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PAULINE SHAGOURY 

Girls' Athletic 2; Music Committee; Com- 
mercial Club 4; Refreshment Committee. 
Junior Prom; Candy Committee, Senior 
Play. 

ANTHONY SIMEONE 

Football 2, 3, 4; Senior Executive Board; 
Music Committee for Football Dance 4; 
Wrestling at Sport Night 3; Class Leader 
2, 3, 4 ; Hall Committee, Senior Reception; 
U. S. Navy. 

RHODA SULLIVAN 

ELSIE SWANSON 

Girls' Athletic 2, 3; Safety Council 2, 3, 4; 
Sassamon Board 3, 4; Student Council 3; 
Commercial Club 4 ; Cheerleader 3 ; 
Decorating Committee for Junior Prom ; 
Senior Executive Board 4; Decorating 
Committee for Sports Dance 3: Decorat- 
ing Committee for Football Dance 3; 
Reading Committee for Senior Play 4; 
Program Committee. Senior Play; Honor 
Society 4. 



MARGARET SWEENEY 

THELMA SYRBICH 

( • immercial Club 4. 



NORMA TAYLOR 

Usher at Senior Play. 

MARJORIE TEMPLE 

Girls' Athletic 2; Usher at Senior Play. 



MARY TEMPRENDOLA 

Refreshment Committee at Senior Recep- 
tion. 

SUSAN TENNEY 

Girls' Athletic 3; Commercial Club 4. 





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IRENE TOWNE 

Glee Clnl) 3, 4. 

LEWIS VALLE 

Football 2, 3; Hockey 2. 3, 4; Junior Red 
Cross 3. 



JOHN VANDER MEER 



•CATHERINE VERGOS 

(iirls' Athletic 2; Glee Club 4; Decorating 
Committee for Football Dance 4; Com- 
mercial Club 4; Candy Committee, Senior 
Play; Refreshment Committee 2. 



EDWARD WALL 

Football 2. 3, 4; Student Council 3; Check- 
ing. Sports Dance 3; Publicity, Sports 
Dance 4; Properties, Senior Play. 



ESTELLE WALLIS 

Refreshment Committee, Football Dance 
4; Assistant Registrar for Class Elections 
4 ; Play Cast 4. 



AGNES WILSON 

Defense Savings Collectors 2, 3, 4; Glee 
Club 4; Honor Society 3, 4; Ticket Com- 
mittee for Senior Play (Chairman). 

ALBERTINE WINN 

Glee Club 2, 3, 4; Majorette with Band 2, 

3. 



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FACULTY 



1945 



Harold C. Sears 
I Beatrice I). Blondell 
Elizabeth R. Cashion 
Helen E. Connolly 
Mary R. Connolly 
Janet L. Crocker 
I sabelle M . Currier 
Helen H. DeMeritt 
Marie P. Donahoe 
Clayton E. ' Gardner 
I [elen M. < ir< »ves 
Frances M. Mayes 
Norma M. Hynes 
Bruno Malinowski 



Charles T. Marso 
Ralph J. Martin 
Edward Mayberger 
Charles E. McManus 
Helen B. McManus 
Edith M . Nutt 
Henry J. Plausse 
Dyke L. Quackenbush 
Marguerite V. Rafferty 
Emily I,. Shannon 
I herald J . Slamin 
Edward N. White 
Daisy \ . Wildbur 
Kathleen \\ . Young 




LT. ALFRED A MAFFEO, U.S.N. R. 



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CAPT. WILLIAM M. CAREY, U. S. A. A. F 



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Back Tovoi, B. Oiltnorc, R. Ellis, J. Riker. I). Dunn. Miss Voting, R. Chiacchia. 

Front rozc: J. Brcnneman, P. Cardellicchio, A. Wilson, C. Murphy, I). Parker, T. Arminio. 



HOVOR SOCIETY 
1944 - 1945 

President Charles Murphy 

Vice President Agnes Wilson 

Secretary Doris Parker 

Senior M embers 

Tony Arminio, June Brennenian, Frank Cardellicchio, Richard Chiacchia. Marie Ciilcasi, 
Dorothy Curtis, Elizabeth Downing, Daniel Dunn. Richard Ellis, Barbara Gilmore, Ella 
M. Hatch, Mary Maloon, Ruth McCracken. Ann McGrath, Charles Murphy, Doris Parker. 
Jean Riker, Donald Scheufele, Olive Sceley, Elsie Swanson, Agnes Wilson. 

Junior Members 

Rita DeAngelis, Patricia Donahue, Rita Farley, Dorothy Olson, Mary Zacconi. 

The Xatick Chapter of the National Honor Society was organized in March 
for 1945. Six senior members had heen elected in their junior year and fifteen 
were admitted in Decemher and March of the following school year. 

Membership certificates were presented by Mr. Sears on Wednesday evening, 
May 16th. Pins hearing the National Honor Society emblem were the gift of the 
members of school committee and were presented at graduation. 

The members of the Rotary Club entertained the members of the Honor 
Society at a luncheon on the fifth of June, in accordance witli a pleasant annual 
custom. 



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Back row: R. Marden, R. Balcolm, B. Davis, R. Checani, R. Cliiarchia, A. Potter, S. Pro- 

fetto, C. DeAngelis, J. Morris. 
Third row. I). McCarty, H. Trask, I'. Spooner, II. MeNair, I. Park, C. Barr, B. Robinson, 

J. Lec, G. Thomas. 

Second row H. Hayes, J. Brenncinan, K. Fair, M. Sweeney, Y. Tutuny, S. Lee, M. Burns, 
Miss Rafferty. 

Front row: A. McGrath, C. Boardman, M. Grant, D. Dunn, R. DeAngelis, D. Jackson, 
E. Musgrave. 



STUDENT COUNCIL 

The Student Council is the general governing body of school activities in 
Natick High School. It is composed of thirty-four members, a boy and a girl 
representative from each homeroom, the presidents of each class and the editor- 
in-chief of our school paper. 

The council endeavors to promote all activities that are for the best interests 
of the school. All complaints, suggestions and problems of the pupils may he 
brought before the council where they are given careful consideration. The council 
does not always solve the problems but it does try to reach an honest and construc- 
tive solution. Matters of conduct in the school and in public places where credit 
or discredit may be reflected on our school have been considered. The council also 
endeavors to promote understanding between the students and the administration. 
In the fall, meetings are held every week, hut as school activities are organized 
fewer council meetings are necessary. The officers chosen for 1944-1945 were: 
President — Daniel Dunn Secretary — Mildred Grant 

Vice President — John Noonan Treasurer — Rita DeAngelis 



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Back row: H. Trask. D. Dalrymple, A. Arthur, J. Sheridan, R. McCarthy, J. Clasby, N. 

Chase, T. Monaco, F. Cardellicchio. 
Third row: R. Marden, T. Arminio, J. Lockhart, J. Wells, B. Gilmore, M. Goodnow, C. 

Anzivinb, R. Chiacchia, C. Murphy. 
Second row. D. Olson, R. DeAngelis, H. Styles, F. Stevens, M. Hallsworth. P. Donahue, 

M. Eldridge, B. McNair, Mrs Hynes. 
Front row: M. Dutton, L. Kreshpane, E. Swanson, D. Dunn, A. McGrath, H. Hayes, T. 

Hall. 



THE SAFETY PATROL 

The Safety Patrol commenced the school year with John Noonan as President 
and Ann McGrath as Secretary. ( >nr membership has been kept at a maximum 
of forty students. 

Meetings have been held weekly. Many suggestions were put into effect, 
relevant to improving the Patrol, which proved helpful. The Safety Patrol is com- 
posed of two Patrols, the Senior and the Junior. During the year it has been neces- 
sary to add to the patrollers of both classes. 

Meetings have been held weekly. Many suggestions were put into effect, 

The Commissioners during the year were: Daniel Dunn, Robert Marden, 
Harriet Hayes and Elsie Swanson. 

In February, John Noonan left school to attend Boston College, and Daniel 
Dunn assumed position as President. 

The Sophomore Patrol was elected in the Spring, and the Seniors relinquished 
their duties to them. 

Under the capable direction of Mrs. Hynes, the Safety Patrol has enjoyed a 
very successful year. 



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Back row: D. Dalrymple, K. Kreshpane, J. Morris, C. Briggs, J. Haddad, N. Harrington, 

J. Deignan, L. Ross, C. Stevens. 
Third row: R. DeAngelis, R. Powers, B. Leavitt. I. Wells, P. Cuttell, M. Pettee, M. 

O'Reilly, R. McCracken. B. McNally. 
Second row: A. Arthur, V. Intineralli, D. Jackson, N. Mills, E. Ainsworth, Mr. Quacken- 

bush, M. Maloon, R. Farley, J. Bell, K. Augustine, F. Cardellicchio. 
Front row: H. Scheufele, C. Barr, D. Olson, H. Hayes A. Wilson, M. Hallsworth. A. 

Leavitt, M. Eldridge, T. Profetro. 



THE WAR SAVINGS COMMITTEE 

The War Savings Committee has had an outstanding year in the sale of W ar 
Bonds and Stamps, when consideration is given to the fact that during the year 
1943-1944 there were two War Bond drives. One was held in September 1943 and 
the other was held in February 1 ( >44. The total amount raised in 1943-1944 for a 
period of twenty-five weeks was $18,335.45. The total amount raised in 1944-1^45 
for a similar period has been $17,264.90, or a difference of $1,070.55 less this year. 
There is a second War Bond Drive which starts in May, and it is the expectation 
of the War Savings Committee that this drive and the regular $400.00 weeks up to 
the close of school will firing the attainment of its goal of $30,000.00, or an approxi- 
mate increase in the sale of Bonds and Stamps of $8,000.00 over the goal of 1943- 
1944, which was $21,176.60. This excellent attainment, if reached, will he due 
largely to a loyal corps of teachers, the hard-working homeroom leaders and a 
cooperative student-body. 

The following are the officers of the War Savings Committee : 
Daniel Dunn. President Marjorie Hallsworth, Secretary 

Harriet Hayes, Vice President Agnes Wilson, Treasurer 

Dyke L. Ouackcnhush, Adviser 



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Back row: R. Prcscott, G. Adams, H. Goodnatt, R. Burke, R. Ellis, W. Ruckley, I) 

McCarty, R. Morris, A. Corbosiero. 
Second row: X. Junes, C). Seeley, H. McGrath, J. Lockhart, B. Torrey, M. Eldridge, R. 

O'Brien, R. McCrackcn, H. Seavey. 
front row: S. Foss, S. Brennan, C. Pierce. R. Marden, J. Driscoll, C. Anzivino, J. Brenne- 

nian, M. Xarconi. 



JUNIOR RED CROSS COUNCIL 

The Junior Kerl Cross homeroom representatives, elected in November, 
assisted in the annual membership drive in which the Senior High School again 
maintained its one hundred per cent enrollment. 

For the Christmas holidays the students made and tilled 303 Christmas bags. 
These bags, containing a wrapped gift and ,-i half pound of candy, made attractive 
gifts for Santa to distribute in the wards at the dishing Hospital. Oil his distri- 
bution trip he was accompanied by members of our Girls' Glee Club which enter- 
tained at the hospital on December twenty-third. 

Utility bags were prepared for men and women embarking for foreign service, 
sixty Educational boxes were filled with school and health supplies for children in 
devastated areas and seventeen large cartons of reading material were sent to the 
U. S. S. Texas. 

Knitted socks, afghans. ping pong paddles, checker sets, ring toss sets, fox and 
geese boards, holiday cards and favors were made for the comfort and pleasure of 
convalescent hospital patients. Personal service has been rendered in entertain- 
ments at the request of the Cam]) and Hospital Committee with whom the Junior 
Red Cross works in close harmony. 



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Back row: J. Mod is, R. Gilliland, D. Fair, J. Powers, B. W illiams, C. Hedlund, A. Arthur. 
Third roxv: B. Spinazola, F. Spooner, M. Anderson, A. Rurke, H. Styles, J. Bell, M. Grant, 

J. I.upien, M. Castellano, H Scheufele. 
Second row: J. Park, P. Donahue, K. Ainsworth, R. Powers, J. Wells. M. Goodnow, C. 

Anzivino, E. Swanson, J. Riker, M. Jennings, M. Eldridge. 
front roiv: D. Dunn, L. Casavant, V. Tutuny, D. Parker. D. Olson, H. Hayes, R. DeAng- 

elis. J. Cotton, C. Murphy. 



THE SASSAMON BOARD 

The SaSSAMON Board this year, under the capable direction of its editor, 
Harriet Hayes, published rive four-page and three six-page issues of the school 
paper in addition to cur Yearbook. 

Although the annual conferences held in other years were cancelled by the 
Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Natick still holds fourth place rating. 

The annual Sassamon Dance, held in < )ctober, was both a social and a finan- 
cial success due to the untiring work of the committees and their advisers, Miss 
Shannon, Miss Donahoe and Mrs. Blondell. 

Assisted by the homeroom reporters and collectors the personnel included: 
Editor — Harriet Hayes. Assistant — Doroth) Olson. Literary Editor — Doris 
Parker. Assistant — Ruth Powers. Sports Editors — John Noonan, Gladys Kins- 
man. Business Managers — Daniel Dunn, Charles Murphy. Subscription Editor 
Rita DeAngelis. Financial Editors — Violetta Tutuny, Mary Zacconi. 



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Back row: E. Tcssu, M. Eldridge, B. Ramsdell. P. DcMentt, M. Jennings. J. Strange, J. 

Mosher, M. Goodnow, P. Cuttell, H. Dahlgren, A. Wilson. A. YVinn, 

J. Hewitt, H. Banks, D. Olson. 
Third row: K Vergos, C. .Anzivino, M. Foster, J. Macllvain. B; Presrott, B. Kresse. I. 

Langevin, Mr. Maybcrger, D. Jackson, M. Culcasi, J. Parrinello. M. 

Pettee, I. Grupposo. I. Towne. A. Boswell. 
Second row: N. Cooper, X. Reynolds. }. Main, P. LeFleur, J. Borglin, R. Powers, C. 

Boardman. C. Pierce. I. Roberts. E. Parmenter, B. Robinson. H. 

Hayes, H. Seytes. R. DeAngelis, E. Hatch. 
Front roiv: I. McGee, C. Eusebi, R. Fortini. R. McGratb, J. Murphy. E. Ainsworth. A. 

McGrath. B. McNair. A. Leavitt, J. Eupien. C. Barr. 



GIRLS' GLEE CLUB 

With an overwhelming number of girls reporting for glee club this vear it was 
a difficult task to select from so many just sixty-two girls, and especially for a new 
director. The Christmas music was well received at both the high school program 
and at Cushing General Hospital. Due to transportation difficulties it has been 
impossible to take the glee club to out-of-town engagements. Besides the annual 
concert for the Xatick Woman's Club, the glee club sang at the combined Parent- 
Teachers' Association, the Catholic Woman's Club and the May Festival. 

Harriet Hayes, with her genial smile and charming soprano voice, is one mem- 
ber of the club that will surely be missed upon graduation. Our able pianist, Ann 
McGrath. is another member to go the way of all graduates. Such an outstanding 
club has a great future in store for it. 



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SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA 

As from small acorns great oaks grow, so has the Senior High School Orches- 
tra made this same transition. Graduation reduced the orchestra to a very small 
club, but gradually it has grown to a satisfactory number to be called an orchestra. 
It is still comparatively small for the enrollment of the high school. However, the 
orchestra has performed at more functions than any other musical club. Besides 
the weekly assembly it has played at the Methodist Church and the combined 
Parent-Teacher's Association, and has several other engagements to fill. Again 
the orchestra suffers with the loss by graduation of Richard Burke. Ella May Hatch 
and Antonio Melchiorri ; all good members who have been faithful to the club. 

Orchestra personnel : 

Violin — Richard Burke, Arlene Bosweil, Dorothy Olson. 
Clarinets — Shirley Hardy, Frank Rosenburgh. 
Saxophone — Nowell Jones. 

Trumpets — Jack Lee, Antonio Melchiorri, John Colcord. 

Horn — George Adams. 

Trombone — William Brad ford. 

Tuba — Kenneth Liscombe. 

Drum — George Chenette. 

Piano — Joan Parrinello, Ella May Hatch. 



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HIGH SCHOOL BAISD 

The High School Band started the season "fortissimo" by playing an outside 
engagement the first week of school at the Hopkinton Fair under its new leader. 
( )n Armistice Day the hand held its own as the initial hand in the parade. The loss 
of the three leading trumpeters dealt quite a hlow to the brass section. However, 
the new first chair members are doing well. Other engagements of the hand were 
at bond sales, at the W'AC Recruiting Station, the Red Cross Rally and Memorial 
Day Parade. Again the hand will lose valuable members in our first trumpeter, 
Antonio Melchiorri, and a very versatile member who played the piano, hell lyra, 
and tympani, Ella May Hatch. 

Band personnel : 
Flute— B. Bere. 

Clarinets — S. Hardy, B. J. Webb, F. Rosenburgh, M. Abrahams, F. Whalen. 
Saxophones — J. Arena, D. Harris, N. Jones, M. Yarrichione. 

Trumpets — J. Lee, A. Melchiorri, R. Robinson, L. Smith, T. Monaco, J. Flynn, 
1). ( )lson. X. Busby, M. Nord. 

Horn — G. Adams. 

Baritones — W. Bradford, R. Crumrine. 

Trombones — G. Mitchell, R. Murphy, P. Ward, D. Hubbard. 
Basses — K. Liscomhe, F. Strange, F. Aimes. 

Drums- B. Davis, G. Chennette, P. Nelson, T. Burhee, F. McSweeney. 
Bell Lyra and 'Tympani— E. M. Hatch. 



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The following boys 

Arena, Gene 
Arminio. Tony 
Carr, William 
Channel!, Gordon 
Clasby, James 
Condon, Edward 
Corbosierb, Anthony 
Devereanx. Lawrence 
Ellis, Richard 
Franciose, James 



LETTERME1S 

earned their letter in 1944-45 

FOOTBALL 
Garvin, Edward 
Hamwey, James 
Hansen, Arthur 
I (Ockhart, James 
Lowry, Thomas 
Marderi, Robert 
Martinelli, ( ieno 
McCarthy, Robert 
McCarthy, George 
Morris, George 



Nims. Warren 
Murphy, Charles 
Pease, Robert 
Profetto, Salvatore 
Robertson, Donald 
Sammartano, Vito 
Shaw, George 
Simeone, Anthony 
Sticka, Vangie 
Trask, Harry 



BASKETBALL 
Arminio, Tony 
Atkinson, Glen 
Carr, W illiam 
Checani, Richard 
Crowley, John 
Haddad, James 
Noonan, John 
Robertson, Donald 
Schavone, Francis 
Scianna, Luigi 
Shaw; George 
Rogers, George 
Dutton, Fred 



BASEBALL 
Atkinson, t "den 
Devereaux, 1 ,awrenee 
Driscoll, |ohn 
Grady, Leo 
Robertson, I )onald 
Shaw. George 
Sticka. Vangie 
Franciose, James 
Adams. George 
Arena. Gene 
I, eland, Lester 



HOCKEY 
Adams, George 
Condon. Edward 
Devereanx. Lawrence 
Driscoll, )ohn 
Garvin, I'M ward 
Grady, Edward 
Grady, Leo 
1 /Owry, Thomas 
Marden, Robert 
Mathews, Wallace 
McSweene) . Francis 
Murphy, Charles 
Potter, Arthur 
\ alio. Lewis 



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Hack /out C. Murphy, G. Arena.. J. Franciose, W. Nims, R. Morris, C. liri^Ks, G. Shaw, 
K. Garvin. V. Sticka, I.. Devereaux, W. Carr. D. Robertson, T. Lowry, G. 
Channell, H. Trask, 

Second row: Coach Connors, J. Clasby, G. Morris. E. Condon. E. Wall, R. McCarthy, J 
Driscoll. J. Morris, R. Ellis, G. Martinelli, A. Simeone, G. McCarthy, Coach 
Slamin. 

Front rozv: Coach Quackenbush, R. Pease, A. Corbosiero. J. Hamwey. J. Lockhart. A. 

Hansen. R. Marden, T. Arminio. V. Sammartano. S. Profetto, Coach Plansse. 

FOOTBALL 

The football season of 1944 proved to be a complete surprise, even for the 
most optimistic Natick High rooters. 

Uncle Sam bad taken our two captains, "Mickey" Burke and Frank Arena, 
along with the Lowry twins and "Bob" Scarano, all of whom were expected to be 
stars of our 1944 team. With this grand nucleus wiped out we were left with 
veterans Jim Hamwey and Jim Lockhart about whom to build a line, and Vangie 
Sticka who had seen some service last year was to be key man in our backfield. 

With this core group the boys were built into a team in time to meet Marlboro 
in our first game. Although beaten 7-0, the team performed satisfactorily, and 
in view of Marlboro's subsequent record, we might say, with unusual success. 

The new men improved rapidly through constant hard work and never again 
did this valiant group bow its head in defeat during its schedule. Hudson give as 
a mighty scare and we emerged luckily with a tie game. Wellesley led us for a 
half, but we squeezed out a win. Frammgham was ahead of us for three periods 
but we finally won out. 

All in all we were pleased with the results of this season and we cannot credit 
too much the few seniors, who, through their untiring efforts and grand spirit, led 
a team of apparently no promise to success after success. 

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Back row: G. Morrjs, R. Prescott, R. Fair, E. Gay, L. Valle, C. Briggs, T. Lowry, R. 

Harding, Mr. McManus, 
Second row. A. Potter, J. Driscoll, G. Adams, L. Devereaux, R. Balcolm, E. Grady, E. 

Garvin. 

Front roiv: W. Mathews. F. McSweeney. C. Murphy, L. Grady, E. Condon, W. Des- 
champs, R. Marden. 

HOCKEY 

The 1945 red and blue sextet won the first hockey championship in the history 
of our school. 

That in itself is sufficient to make this year's team live in local sports memory 
whenever the ice game is discussed. However, this group was not content with the 
No. 1 position in its league, and in the post .season contests achieved greater triumph 
in the Metropolitan Championship games by defeating the heavily favored Stone- 
ham, champions of the Greater Boston League, 1-0. 

The success of this year's ice experts is ail the more remarkable when it is 
remembered that little or nothing was expected from the "green" team that started 
the season. Graduation and the armed forces had stripped all but one veteran from 
the 1944 team which had achieved such an enviable record. Captain Leo Grady 
was the lone returning player who had previous experience in league competition, 
consequently when all of the so-called experts forecast a disastrous season there 
were few enthusiasts who doubted this prognostication. However, from the open- 
ing game until the season's close this determined squad, under the inspiring leader- 
ship of Captain Grady, battled with an enthusiasm that would not accept defeat. 

Each of the 10 games was a thriller, with the Xatick team always the feature 
attraction of the evening and always the team to beat. 

Perhaps the turning point of the season was reached in the Brookline game 
when our boys entered the last period two points behind and possessed the ability 

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Back roitt. P. Dutton, A. Casavant, H. Trask, I) Williams, J. Morris, T. Monaco, J. 

O'Connell, G. Rogers, Mr. Slamiti. 
Second row: T. Christie, M. Nord, F. Schavone, W. Brown, K. Checani, \V. Carr. 1.. 

Scianna, P. Barnicle, R. Main. 
Proni row: J. Franciose, J. Haddad,- G. Atkinson, D. Robertson, T. Arminio. G. Shaw. 

J. Crowley. 



BASKETBALL 

The basketball season of 1944-45 opened with a unexpected defeat by Need- 
ham High School by the score of 27-25. The season closed with a well-earned 
victory over traditional rival Framingham by the score of 30-29. The records 
show we won eight games while losing three. Upon completion of the regular 
season we were invited to the Tech Tournament held at the Boston Garden. 

The baskethall team of 1944-45 will he remembered in later years as one that 
greatly surpassed expectations. The spirit and fair play of this year's club was 
most gratifying, both to its coach and the many loyal supporters. 

Don Robertson, as Captain, was an outstanding leader, while Tony Arminio, 
George Shaw, Jim Haddad and Jack Crowley carried the banner of the red and 
blue to new heights. 



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Back row: J. Franciose, L. Scianna, L. Leland, N. Jones. 

Second row: G. Adams, M. Nord, J Driscoll, L Devereaux, N. Chase— Mgr., Mr. Marso. 
Front row: J. Clasby, R. Checani, G. Atkinson, A. Arminio, G. Shaw, A. Corbosiero, 
L. Grady. 



BASEBALL 

This year's baseball team at this particular juncture has met with moderate 
success, having defeated the arch rival, Framingham twice, Wellesley twice, Marl- 
boro once, Needbam twice, and having been defeated by Norwood twice, Milford 
and Walpole once. We have vet to play Walpole and Marlboro a second time. 
Due to a noticeable lack of experience on the part of 75% of our players we have 
been unable to continue our fine Tourney records, but the experience these boys 
are getting will lead them in good stead for next year. 

Leo Grady has continued to pitch the steady brand of ball that was responsible 
for our being in the Class A State Tourney last year, while Junie Franciose and 
Tony Arminio, two boys playing their first year at baseball, gave us the necessary 
punch to put main games over. Glen Atkinson, the captain, has been a bulwark 
of strength behind the plate, and '"Dick" Checani's steady first basing completed a 
promising infield of George Shaw, Benny Driscoll and Tony Arminio. Tony Cor- 
bosiero took up the slack in the pitching and pitched many fine games for us. 

\\ ith the holdovers from this year and the prospective talent that is coming 
Up next year from the Junior High and Parochial Schools, next year's diamond 
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Back rote:* Miss Currier. L. Casavant. R. Jarboe, P>. Ramsdcll, R. Powers, A. Arnold. 

A. I.oury, [. McDonald, R. Farley. 
Second row: C. Boardman, M. Roberts. J. Butler. M. Carroll, C. Gerrity, M. Eno. 
Front row: C. Barr, B. Webb. A. Mason, C. Pierce, M. Jennings. I). Johnson, H. Najas. 



GIRLS' PHYSICAL FITJSESS PROGRAM 

The girl>' program for Physical Fitness is conducted in two parts, the Gym 
classes held on Monday and Wednesday in the Assembly Hall and the after-school 
activities held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after school. 

The Fall after-school program consists of Archery and Volleyball. The Win- 
ter program begins after Thanksgiving and continues until the April vacation. The 
activities include Basketball, Indoor Archery and Badminton. The Spring pro- 
gram includes Softball and Archery. 

The Kail Archery group consisted of 24 archers. Certificates and diplomas 
were given to those who qualified at various distances for the required number of 
points. Mary Roberts and Rita Farley qualified at $0 yards. 

The Basketball season began after Christmas, dames were played witli Way- 
land and Dover. Both teams had very good records but the N'atick girls won all 
of their games and were the only team who defeated Dover. Members of the first 
team were Jean Butler, Capt. Mary Roberts, Carolyn Boardman, Mary Carroll, 
Catherine Gerrity, jean Merrigan. Members of the second team and subs were 
Gladys Kinsman, Betty Jane Webb, Connie Barr, Ardelle Mason, Kay Augustine, 
Carolyn Pierce, Madeline Eno, Mary Jennings. 

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CHEERLEADERS 
C. Anzivino J. Lockhart 

J. Brenneman G. Kinsman 

A. McGrath M. Grant 

W. Mathews 



Girls' Physical Fitness Program (Continued ) 

The Badminton Tournament called out _ ; 4 girls. In the class championship 
playoffs Ruth Powers was Sophomore Champion, Mary Roberts Junior and Mary 
Carroll for the Seniors. For die school championship Ruth Powers, a sophomore, 
defeated last year's champion, Mary Carroll. 

An Indoor Archery Championship was held in the Gym on April 11. This is 
the first to he held in Natick. Mary Roberts won the championship and the trophy 
which is to be presented to the school at the final award assembly. 

The girls will receive their awards and letters at the assembly. Seniors receiv- 
ing awards will be: Mary Carroll, Insignia from G.A.I,. ; Jean Butter, letter; 
Marjorie Hallsworth, numerals. The Juniors are Mary Roberts, Catherine Gerrity, 
Rita Farley, Insignia from G.A.L. This is the first time Juniors have received the 
Insignia in their Junior year. Letters will be awarded to Connie Barr, Jean Merri- 
gan, Ardelle Mason, Betty Jane W ebb, Lydia Casavant, Kay Augustine; numerals 
to Dorothy fohnson. In the Sophomore year. Carolyn Boardman and Carolyn 
Pierce are to receive letters; Madeline Eno and Mary Jennings, numerals. 



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Football (Continued ) 

This spirit is best exemplified by Anthony Simeone, who the week previous 
to the season's opening, dislocated his knee. Tims, instead of being a regular, he 
became a cripple tor half the season, but each day saw him at practice until his 
knee was strong enough to allow him to once again take part in our daily work- 
outs. Tony's deeds will not be eniblazened in the history of Natick's athletics but 
he has won a distinction with his coaches and his classmates because of his spirit 
and loyalty. 

Seniors — -Lockhart, Hamwey, Pease, McCarthy, Sammartano, Simeone, 
Robertson. Profetto, Hansen. Arminio, Marden, Clasby, Condon, Ellis, Morris, 
and W all — we salute you. Your example has added to the glory of Natick High 
and you have lived up to its best traditions. May good luck pursue you in your 
future endeavors, and may your example be an inspiration to the Xatick High 



athletes 


of the 


coining years. 


The 


season's record : 








Natick 





Marlboro 


7 


Natick 


7 


Welleslej 


6 


Natick 


19 


Clinton 





Natick 


47 


Maynard 





Natick 


18 


Mil ford 





Natick 


L3 


Norwood 





Natick 


6 


Wellesley 





Natick 


7 


Hudson 


7 


Natick 


20 


Needham 





Xatick 


14 


Framingham 


6 



Hockey (Continued ) 

to score three times to go ahead. Then just 25 seconds before the game's end they 
were tied but they again demonstrated their superiority by sinking the winning goal 
with only 10 seconds remaining. 

That finish is typical of the spirit that made this team such an outstanding 
sextet and was part of the reason why Boston sports writers called them the great- 
est "opportunists" in school boy hockey. On the all star teams that were selected 
at the end of this season, six of the Natick boys were named to the Eastern Massa- 
chusetts team that triumphed over the best in P>ay State loop 

Certainly the class of 1945 has reason to be proud of its contribution to the 
championship. The number one player not only of this team but in the state was 
Captain Leo Grady who was easily the best schoolboy ice performer of the vear. 
Charlie Murphy was all star in every sense of the word ; the most improved player 
on the squad he performed with equal brilliance both on the forward line and on 
defense. Bob Warden and Kd. Condon whose steady aggressive and intelligent 
play enabled the team to reach the heights. All of these boys will be missed in 
1946 and may the standards of sportsmanship and fair play that they have set, be 
continued as successfully in the years to come. The hockey record follows : 



Natick 


3 


Lexington 


1 


Natick 


2 


I fudson 


5 


Natick 


3 


Wakefield 


1 


Natick 


3 


Somerville 


2 


Natick 


5 


Brookline 


4 


Natick 


3 


Dedham 


1 


Natick 


3 


Maiden 


1 


Natick 


2 


Hudson 


3 


Natick 


3 


Somerville 


2 


Natick 


1 


Stoneham 





Natick 


1 


Dedham 


1 


Natick 


1 


Walpole 


4